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by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 83
Views: 1762

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

How do you propose that this breaking out of the instinctive scientific naturalism of Western culture be done? Joining Dharmawheel is a start! But on a more serious note, it's not necessarily an easy thing to do. To some extent we're all a product of the culture in which we are born and raised, and...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 44
Views: 570

Re: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

It's no coincidence that abhidharma is a system of 'philosophical psychology', nor that one of its volumes is called 'types of persons'. I think Buddhism has had a kind of 'depth psychology' approach since its inception. But, what is different nowadays, is the mentality, or state of consciousness, o...
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 83
Views: 1762

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

Actually I was going to say that without the idea of 'higher truth', how can Dharma be Westernized? It is exactly the vertical axis which is missing in Western thought. Secular thinking 'flattens' everything - no higher, no lower, because no vertical dimension. This is an interesting idea that shou...
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How to meditate on death?
Replies: 16
Views: 222

Re: How to meditate on death?

Binocular wrote:Does this not lead to nihilism or apathy for you?


Definitely not. I think any Buddhist has to be able to grasp the ephemeral nature of life, appreciate it and cherish it, whilst also being able to let go of it. Easy to say, hard to do!
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 44
Views: 570

Re: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

Well said, Climb Up! :twothumbsup:
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 83
Views: 1762

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

The whole idea of higher and lower is ridiculous. It is like comparing a sprinter to marathon runner and considering one higher than the other. Actually I was going to say that without the idea of 'higher truth', how can Dharma be Westernized? It is exactly the vertical axis which is missing in Wes...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)

I had a conversation with Gregory on ZFI about Paravritti, in relation to Suzuki's commentary on the Lankavatara Sutra: I wish here to say a few words concerning the important psychological event known as Paravritti in the Lanka and other Mahayana literature. Paravritti literally means "turning...
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate
Replies: 44
Views: 570

Re: Weird Stuff Happens When You Meditate

When I first learned the practice of meditation, it wasn't from a Buddhist group at all, but a New Age kind of 'group awareness training' school. (Not putting them down, they were absolutely terrific.) The meditation part was - they gave you a mantra, and the instruction was, sit for 20 minutes, mor...
by Wayfarer
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How to meditate on death?
Replies: 16
Views: 222

Re: How to meditate on death?

A small, daily reminder practice I have been doing is this: every time I leave my house, I say, 'one day I will do this for the last time'. I have been reflecting on all the things I do, and own, and training myself likewise - 'one day I will give all these away', 'one day I will do this for the las...
by Wayfarer
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Comparative Religion"
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: "Comparative Religion"

@Coëmgenu - from the kinds of questions you ask, it seems like comparative religion is something you would be very interested in. I notice you're a scholar, perhaps you might enjoy doing some units in that discipline?
by Wayfarer
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Seeing" in a Buddhist context
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: "Seeing" in a Buddhist context

I quoted from that passage by Ven Thubten Chodron in another thread here.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Bizarro white House World
Replies: 21
Views: 376

Re: Bizarro white House World

For those suffering nostalgia for the ideal of secure, high-wage manufacturing in the rust belt – it's not going to happen. On one hand, manufacturing automation is not about to be reversed, while on the other, the US has lost the capability to feed, run and maintain many modern factories. The most...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Indigenizing Dharma
Replies: 83
Views: 1762

Re: Indigenizing Dharma

The 2008 book by David MacMahan, The Making of Buddhist Modernism , goes into those questions in quite some depth. Another point - the 'naturalised dharma' approach of secular Buddhism is attempting to 'Westernize' Buddhist teachings, mostly by re-interpreting them without (I would say) the 'soterio...
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 80
Views: 1832

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

It's a shame, because FWBO ought really to have been a good model for the propogation of Buddhism in the West. would you mind elaborating on your point here? I don't know enough about FWBO and its leadership to think it through adequately, but it seems to me that the persistence of this issue speak...
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 80
Views: 1832

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

There was still an element of coercion, specifically because heterosexual males were strongly encournaged (to the point of coercion) to engage in homosexual acts. This was also rationalised by Lingwood as being liberative, i.e. helping to break out of 'samsaric attachments' - which is the point I fo...
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 80
Views: 1832

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

I don't think the scandal sorrounding Triratna involved underage sex. As gay sex is not illegal in Britain , there might not have been any crimes committed, regardless of whether it was morally dubious.
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf Schools, &c
Replies: 16
Views: 367

Re: Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf Schools, &c

Both my kids went to Montesorri as youngsters, but the older one (now adult) really thrived on it. (We moved out before younger one had finished and there wasn't one in the area we moved to.) But we couldn't sing their praises highly enough for early childhood education. Wonderful experience, would ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse
Replies: 80
Views: 1832

Re: Fears mount over scale of Buddhist sect sexual abuse

There's been huge coverage of institutional sexual abuse in Australia due to the Royal Commission. This instance is unfortunately not un-typical. It seems to me that the founder used his position to act out his own homosexual impulses, and then rationalised it, which is highly regrettable. But the p...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 97
Views: 1209

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

The fact that the Tetragrammaton is not able to be pronounced was the main rationale for the name. It was literally intended to be a name that could not be spoken, so as to maintain the mystery of the divine name. (However, for students of comparative religion, there might be a parallel with the wel...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Bizarro white House World
Replies: 21
Views: 376

Re: Bizarro white House World

He's also taking all the financial restraints off the finance sector, that were put in place after the GFC to protect against another meltdown. He's hired a number of Wall St bankers for his cabinet, including one who 'forgot to declare' $100 million worth of assets on his assets register.

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